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They were 10th in rushing last season (118.1 yards). They lost two tackles in free agency and traded with San Francisco for left tackle Trent Brown.
Marcus Cannon is back at right tackle and will have to contain J.J. Watt. Their interior line is terrific and will make it tough on nose tackle D.J. Reader.
The Patriots added two new backs in veteran Jeremy Hill and rookie Sony Michel, who was injured and didn’t get a carry during the preseason.
They play behind James White and Rex Burkhead. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels tries to keep defenses off balance with the run so they can’t solely focus on Tom Brady’s passing.
Hill is a former 1,000-yard rusher with Cincinnati. White is a quick hitter who can bounce outside and get around the corner.
Don’t be surprised if they try to take advantage of the Texans’ aggressiveness by running new receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on a reverse.
Outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Jadeveon Clowney have to find that fine line between discipline and aggression. EDGE: Texans
When the Patriots pass
Tom Brady is the best quarterback in NFL history. It doesn’t seem to matter who he’s throwing to. Chris Hogan is his top returning target at wideout.
Cornerbacks Johnathon Joseph, Kevin Johnson and Aaron Colvin can’t let him get behind them because Hogan is a sneaky deep threat.
Brady has two new targets in Cordarrelle Patterson, their leading receiver during the preseason, and Phillip Dorsett. Both are former first-round picks. Brady’s favorite target is tight end Rob Gronkowski.
He’s almost impossible to match up one-on-one because of his size, speed and catching ability.
Brady is the best in the league at using his running backs as receivers. He’ll find James White and Rex Burkhead as safety valves or down the field.
Zach Cunningham, the Texans’ best linebacker in coverage, should be running all over the field.
It’ll be interesting to see how defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel employs safety Tyrann Mathieu.